It’s Turtle Time! Michael Bay’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ First Trailer Released [Video]

The first trailer for the upcoming ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie has arrived with lots of CGI and new turtle design.

The first trailer for the new film based on the comic series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has been released, showing your favorite pizza-eating superheroes as they attempt to save New York City with the help of Megan Fox and plenty of CGI.

After month of speculation, Paramount Pictures finally showed the first teaser trailer of the Michael Bay-produced flick with new design of beloved characters – Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo, which seems to be a “testicle that has been living down a storm drain for 300 years”. The movie has caused much worry to comic book fans, due to explosion enthusiast Bay being at the helm, and following rumors that this time around they would be depicted as aliens from outer space.

The trailer opens with a montage of scenes of destructed city, what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.”

Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines.

“People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.”

Throughout all different incarnations of the TMNT stories, the common denominator is the Ooze –the mutagen — that turned them from regular turtles into mean, green, fighting machines. In the live-action movie, sensei Splinter was also transformed by the radioactive material in which he spotted the turtles crawling.

The trailer ends on a funny note as April, who is wearing the yellow jacket she was known for in the cartoon series, meets some of the turtles for the first time. Michelangelo tells her not to freak out because they are only wearing masks. He then removes his to reveal his full turtle face.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is produced by “Transformers” father Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebsman, the South African director behind “Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles.”

Alan Ritchson will portray Raphael, Noel Fisher is Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard is Donatello, Pete Ploszek is Leonardo and Danny Woodburn is taking on Splinter, with Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg among the supporting cast.

The film, which hits theaters Aug. 8, also stars Will Arnett as cameraman Vern Fenwick, William Fichtner as Shredder, and of course Megan Fox, as April.

Unlike her character in the comics, cartoons and movies, that has been portrayed as a computer programmer, a reporter, a ninja warrior, a scientist and even an archaeologist, the new April carries a smartphone instead of a news camera and wears a yellow jacket instead of her trademark jumpsuit.

The characters first appeared in 1984 in a comic book created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and soon became one of the most lucrative merchandising brands in the world. Four previous films have been made using the characters, the last being a CGI-animated version released in 2007.

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